Prince is dead – level 3
Prince, one of the best-selling artists of all time, has died at the age of 57. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota on Thursday morning.
Just days earlier, his private jet had been forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois as a case of flu worsened. He was briefly hospitalised but appeared in concert the next day and told fans he was fine.
He was born Prince Rogers Nelson and rose to fame in the mid 1970s. In his lifetime, he sold over 100 million records, won 7 Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
“This is very unbelievable. I could’ve never imagined this in my wildest dreams.”
He was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era with songs “Purple Rain”, “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry” among his biggest hits.
It’s another shock to the entertainment industry this year, and many other stars have taken to Twitter in shock and sadness. Samuel L. Jackson has tweeted he is shocked. Justin Timberlake said he’s numb. Duran Duran tweeted they’re devastated. And Katy Perry said, “the world’s lost some magic.”
Difficult words: briefly (for a short time), acclaim (to praise, to say something good about somebody), numb (unable to think, feel, or respond normally).
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